Cast & Creative

Daryl Embry


Brooklyn-based actor/designer/director. Theatre credits include (selected): The Underpants, Perfect Wedding, open heart, and III (both directed by Joe Salvatore). Numerous voice-over/commercials, and appearances on Blue Bloods (CBS) and What Would You Do (ABC). He is the co-creative director of THE RIDE (Drama Desk nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience), and an adjunct instructor at NYU Steinhardt in the Program in Educational Theatre.

Rachel Tuggle Whorton


Performer, director, writer, and arts educator. As a music director, pianist, vocalist, and actor, Rachel has collaborated with groups across the country including San Diego Musical Theatre, Blindspot Collective, Playwrights Horizons, The New School, CO/LAB Theatre Group, Havas Luxe Events, Upright Citizens Brigade, New York University, and New York Theatre Barn. As a writer, recent work includes "Site-Specific Theatre: New Perspectives on Pedagogy and Performance" (RiDe: The Journal of Applied Theatre, 2015), "I Don't Sing: Teaching Music in After-School Settings with Untrained High School Male Voices" (Teaching Artist Journal, 2016), and the short film Micro, an official selection of Cinewest's 2016 Women in Media Arts and Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. As a Master Teacher with The National YoungArts Foundation, Rachel created original devised work with emerging artists at National YoungArts Week in Miami, FL. Rachel works as a teaching artist with New York City Center and The Leadership Program. She is also an adjunct instructor and student teaching supervisor at NYU Steinhardt, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Theatre.

Andy Wagner


TV credits: The NewsroomLaw and Order: SVUCriminal Minds: Beyond Borders, NCIS, Gameshakers. Film credits: Kidnap, Hopeless Romantic. A graduate of Yale University and LAMDA, Andy spent 7 years in Los Angeles where he performed with sketch comedy troupe IT’S THE COPS! at the iO West Theatre and taught Improv to Teens at the Aquila Morong Studio in Hollywood. Since moving to NYC, Andy has started working as a Teaching Artist with Wingspan Arts in NYC and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Educational Theatre at NYU. He’d like to thank Joe for bringing him on board, his family for their support, and most of all Julie for saying yes to my unique version of insanity. 5/26/18

Maria Guadalupe


Associate Professor in the Economics and Political Science department at INSEAD and the Academic Director of the INSEAD Randomized Control Trials (RCT) Lab. Guadalupe obtained a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics in 2003. Prior to joining INSEAD in 2012, she was an Associate Professor at Columbia Business School. Guadalupe teaches PhD MBA and Executive MBA courses on Organizational Design. Her research is on the drivers of firms’ organizational choices. This includes how they design salaries and incentives in the face of increasing competition from globalization. More recently she has studied the effect of gender norms on the careers of women. Guadalupe’s work has been published in top economics, finance and management journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Management Science, Journal of Labor and Economics, and American Economic Journal: Applied. She has been awarded a number of prizes for her contributions to research including the Brattle Distinguished Paper prize awarded by the American Finance Association and the Jaime Fernandez de Araoz prize in Corporate Finance among others. She is also an Associate Editor for Management Science and a Co-Editor for the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Joe Salvatore


Playwright and director. Creator and director of the Verbatim Performance Lab. Other plays and performance projects include The Grab 'Em Tapes (forthcoming), Of a Certain Age, The Moore / Jones Challenge, The Lauer / Conway Flip, Full City+ with Keith R. Huff, Jenny Macdonald’s solo play ENTHRONED (Dublin’s First Fortnight Festival, FringeNYC, 2016), ga(y)ze (with Troy Hourie and Caleb Teicher on 14th Street, NYC), Towards the Fear, “Like” Like (part of Hall Pass in NYC and San Diego), Mother’s Milk (part of Play/Date at NYC’s Fat Baby), open heart (FringeNYC, 2010), and fag / hag (with Kate Nugent, FringeNYC, 2000). His play III received the Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play from FringeNYC (2008) and was subsequently published in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 (Applause Books). Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School where he teaches courses in ethnodrama and verbatim documentary theatre, ethnoacting, new play development, applied theatre, and dramatic literature. Member: Dramatists Guild of America and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Alumnus: Lincoln Center Directors Lab. (@profjoesal)

Márion Talán


Wardrobe Supervisor for the Juilliard School. Tenth year of collaborations with director Joe Salvatore including recent productions of the interactive performance ga(y)ze, In Real Time, and open heart.  Dance design credits include works with choreographers Bryan Arias, Julia Eichten, Caleb Teicher, Liz Gerring, Norbert de la Cruz, Ohad Naharin and Larry Keigwin among others.

Troy Beard


Trained at Frederic Fekkai.  Broadway: (Associate Hair Design) The Bridges of Madison County, Romeo and Juliet. Regional: Present Laughter, Wind in the Willows (Two River Theatre).  Currently the Hair and Wigs Supervisor at The Juilliard School.

Cassie Holzum

(Provincetown Playhouse)


An undergraduate student in the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt. Her past experience includes serving as stage manager for Dogfight: the Musical, The Glass Menagerie, and various play festivals. She also has experience as an assistant stage manager for The Miracle Worker, Enthroned, and several other shows.

Emily Edgerton


Off-Broadway: For The Last Time, Fuerza Bruta, The Tempest, The Seagull (New York Classical) Labs: Emma! A Playlist Musical. BS, University of Mary Washington. Thank you Mom, Dad and Todd for your continued love and support.


Angela Hesterman


NYC Favorites: CATS (Broadway); NERDS (Broadway); First Wives Club the Musical; The Wizard of Oz (National Tour); La Divina Caricatura (Mabou Mines); Fuerza Bruta (Daryl Roth); Cat Who Went to Heaven (BAM); For the Last Time (Theatre Row); The Shanghai Gesture (Julia Miles); International: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Singapore) Sunken Cathedral (Sweden.) Minnesota native, novice baker, Freddie Mercury enthusiast.